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September 24, 2021, 09:29

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This year, the leaders are projects aimed at preserving the quality of life of families with children and adults with disabilities, as well as seriously ill people in need of long-term care.

Over 100 socially oriented non-profit organizations (NPO) have prepared applications for participation in the grant competition “Moscow is a kind city”which started on September 15th. This was announced by the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development Anastasia Rakova.

“Moscow is a good city” grant competition started on September 15th. On the first day, NGOs prepared 37 applications. We now see 111 participating organizations in the system. This year we made the conditions more open and accessible: we simplified organizational requirements and increased technical support from the operators of the competition. If you have any questions when filling out the documents, you can call the hotline and clarify the information. The competition is a unique platform for the implementation of significant urban initiatives. We are doing our best to ensure that as many socially oriented NGOs as possible receive grants and help improve the quality of life in Moscow, ”she said.

In 2021, it was at the request of NGO representatives that the conditions for participation in the competition were revised. For example, the requirements for the registration period of non-profit organizations for receiving grants over a million rubles have been reduced – now it is a year (previously it was a year and a half). We also adjusted the requirements for having our own contribution to the project – earlier it was only cash, now it can be other resources, for example, having our own premises. The organizers of the competition also decided to abandon the requirement to provide a letter of guarantee from the co-executors of the project. In addition, the size of the minimum grant has been increased – from 500 thousand rubles to one million rubles.

The competition “Moscow is a Good City” has been held since 2019. During this time, the city has supported more than 270 NGO projects aimed at helping Muscovites who find themselves in difficult life situations: representatives of the older generation, people with disabilities, large or foster families, homeless people. The largest number of projects – winners of previous years were aimed at helping people with disabilities – there were 94 of them. Over the past two years, the total number of applications amounted to about a thousand.

In total, 800 million rubles were distributed among the projects that won the competition. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 20 thousand people. This year the total amount of grant funds will be 400 million rubles. Applications are accepted until October 19. The winners will be announced on November 30th.

Representatives of non-profit organizations can clarify information by phone: +7 (495) 197-99-99. In total, 34 requests have already been received. The questions concerned the specification of the topics of the applications, as well as technical issues.

As before, this year the leading direction is to preserve the quality of life of families with children and adults with disabilities, seriously ill patients, who need long-term care. According to it, 21 socially oriented NGOs work in their personal accounts. Also in demand is the direction of promoting systemic volunteering in the social sphere – there are already eight such projects. This is due to the continuous work of volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the activities of non-profit organizations in boarding houses for labor veterans, neuropsychiatric boarding schools and other social institutions.

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